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Download Store Safety Tips

It’s usually tempting to download different types of digital content off of the Internet, especially now that so many new programs are being created. However, if you’re not careful with the download store you choose, your device could be at risk for malware infections. Here are tips to help you keep safe while as you buy products from a download store:

1. Forget automatic downloads.

Every now and then, you may come across sites that attempt to download and install software on your computer without you asking them to. Steer clear of these sites at any cost, unless you are absolutely sure it is safe. Drive-by or automatic downloads are most often an attempt by infected sites to save malware to your computer. Upon encountering them, reject such downloads instantly. Cancel the download as quickly as you can or close your browser. If the file has been downloaded before could cancel it, scan it for viruses or delete it right away. Unless you know for sure it is safe, do not open the file.

2. Only download products from trusted sources.

The first cardinal rule in using download stores is to choose one that is well-established and reputable. More than anything, the site should have a reputation for being safe and reliable. Fortunately, a fast online search can provide all you have to know about a certain download store before you start downloading.

When buying software, never accept and start the download unless you have read the file’s documentation. There are so many websites on the web that feature software reviews and ratings, so do check them out to add to your peace of mind. Just make sure you’re reading from independent sites, instead of sites that developers themselves are operating for marketing purposes.

3. Make use of your antivirus software in checking potential downloads.

Rock solid and up-to-date antivirus software is one of the best things you can have on your computer to shield it from threats. Use this software to scan files prior to installation. To do this, you usually have to right-click on the file and select the scan option. The antivirus software will examine the downloaded software and tell you whether or not it’s safe for installation.

4. Check the file specs for signs of authenticity.

One way to check a file’s authenticity is by comparing its file name and size to what’s listed on the download store’s website. File specs can be found in Properties (right-click on the file). If there are any disparities, that could mean that the file is infected.

The above-mentioned tips are only some that you should practice when you buy digital content from a download store. Needless to say, never ever download any file unless you have ascertained its safety.